McCafferty children testify in murder trial

Reported By Sara Gouedy - bio | email
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NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - As the murder trial for Cheryl McCafferty continued on Thursday, her two children took the stand to testify.

Cheryl McCafferty is accused of killing her husband, Bob, while he slept.

Molly McCafferty, who was 15 at the time of the murder, took the stand first. She entered the courtroom visibly shaken, clutching a stuffed doll and a stuffed bunny. She continued to shake and tremble during her entire testimony.

She said she was awaken the morning of Bob's death by her grandmother calling her cell phone. She heard a loud crash, but didn't know what it was, and then heard her dogs crying, which woke her up. The next thing she knew, the police were coming in to get her. Molly McCafferty said she was a sound sleeper, and was not easily awaken by anything.

During Molly's testimony, Cheryl McCafferty was also crying heavily.

During cross examination, defense attorney Deanna Dennison spoke in a low voice, asking Molly if her parents' bed was normally made, and whether or not it was made the day of the murder

Patrick McCafferty, who was 12 at the time, then took the stand. He said he was also a sound sleeper and did not hear anything until the police came into get him.

Before he left the courtroom, he blew his mother a kiss.

It's probably not the only time the McCafferty children will testify during the trial.

After their testimony, Bob sister, Mary Beth, took the stand. She talked about how she heard the news of her brother's death. She said she was flying for business when she got a voice mail saying her brother had been shot.

When she was cross examined by defense attorney Deanna Dennison, she revealed that she had made plans for her children to spend the night at the McCafferty house on Monday night. Dennison's point was that Cheryl could not have planned to kill her husband Monday morning if she had made plans for houseguests on Monday night.

The McCaffertys' friend and financial advisor also took the stand Monday saying that he had talked with Cheryl about debt in the fall of 2006, when he found out that she had $57,000 in credit card debt. He said he developed a plan to liquidate some stock to help get her out of the debt. His cross examination is later on Thursday.